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Ko Lanta Yai: Half-Day Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour

4.7 / 5

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Ko Lanta Yai: Half-Day Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour

From US$ 79.79 per person

Interact closely with friendly elephants and spend quality time bathing, feeding, and making medicinal supplements for them.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please wait in your hotel lobby 10 minutes before the pickup time.


  • Spend an amazing half-day interacting closely with the elephants at a sanctuary
  • Learn how to make medicinal supplements and feed the elephants
  • Take a dip in the water and help the elephants bathe
  • Learn how to make paper out of elephant dung and take it back as a souvenir
Full description
Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the option selected. Upon arrival, your English-speaking tour guide will give you an introduction to the sanctuary and the elephants. Take some bananas and offer them to the elephants. Get acquainted with your new friends before hopping into the mud pool with them. Give the elephants a relaxing mud spa. Elephants naturally soak their skin with mud as a way to protect their skin from the sun, just like humans put on sunscreen. After the fun mud spa, enjoy bathing with the elephants in the water pool. Brush off the mud and exfoliate their skin to give them a relaxing pampering. Next, learn how to prepare food and herbal medicine for elephants. The herbal medicine is a mixture of multiple nutrient sources needed by elephants to stay healthy. They are like a supplement to their diet. Enjoy relaxing and feeding the elephants their herbal medicine. This is a perfect photo opportunity. Learn how to make eco-paper from elephant dung and take back the paper as a souvenir to show your friends and family.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fresh seasonal fruits
  • Tour guide
  • Drinking water
  • Food for elephants
  • Elephant dung paper souvenir
  • Showers
  • Changing rooms
  • Towels
  • Change of clothing
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 17 reviews

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First experience with the elephants, extraordinary to be able to interact with them without any apprehension, to bathe with them, to prepare their medicinal herbs .. awesome. Small flat on the manufacture of paper from their excrement because this activity lasted barely 15min and we fly over the thing a bit, too bad! But otherwise it was a wonderful experience and being able to receive the photos taken by someone on site is great! Beautiful memories!

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January 6, 2020

The most amazing, very ethical, real elephant sanctuary! Took me a long time to find it and I was starting to loose hope there is a place like that in South. So very glad I found you and thanks to you my husband and I fell in love with elephants❤️! It simply was the best experience ever, the highlight of our holidays in Thailand! Nothing else we did can compete with this unique and emotional half day spent at your sanctuary! You created an amazing place. Thank you to all the people that work there with gentle giants. You are simply amazing! We could tell from just being there for few hours how much love you have for elephants and how much passion and dedication for your job! Superstars! Your elephants are lucky to have you ❤️ I wish there was more places like that in Thailand and looking forward visiting next time when we are in koh Lanta ❤️

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December 23, 2019

This is one of the best tours we have ever booked. The elephants are well looked after all around, you get the perfect insight. Everything is completely relaxed and you get enough time for every detail. Our guide was very friendly and gave us all information about the life of the elephants. Overall, everything consisted of a great team. If you really want to get close to the elephants, this is the experience. Everything perfect, we say “THANK YOU” wholeheartedly and hope that there will be more of such “stations” and that tourism will support this life of the elephants.

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December 9, 2019

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